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10 of the best places to visit for winter sun in the USA during the colder months


When it comes to traveling during the winter season, we mostly find that people fall into one of two categories. They either embrace the cold and seek out the best destinations for a winter adventure, or follow the warm weather. If you’re more of the latter type, or just tired of icy sidewalks and overheated buildings, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best sunbathing spots in the US.

Palm Springs, California

Whether you’re looking for a warm US winter vacation destination for a few rounds of golf, something artistic, or just a break from the city, Palm Springs is the perfect place to stay in the US! The Greater Palm Springs area definitely has its own cool vibe all year round, although it’s not the kind of cool that you can read on a thermometer.

Throughout the Coachella Valley, you’ll find several vacation rentals with private pools that are perfect for lounging and soaking up as much of the winter United States sun as possible. Or, if you’re looking for a more adventurous activity, a day trip to Joshua National Park is ideal for hiking and rock climbing.

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St. John, US Virgin Islands

If you imagined warm weather and tropical beaches for a winter vacation in the United States, then the US Virgin Islands is the perfect destination. Imagine soft white sandy beaches with swaying palm trees, azure waters and an abundance of marine life.

Phoenix, Ariz

Phoenix is ​​easily one of the most perfect destinations in the US for catching the winter sun. On average, the city has 299 days of sunshine each year, with winter temperatures typically hovering around the 70℉ (21℃) mark.

Explore the highlights and secrets of Arizona’s canyons, deserts, cities, and valleys when you travel with Trafalgar on the Magnificent Southwest End Phoenix tour.

New Orleans, Louisiana

While the temperature isn’t exactly warm and balmy (winter average tends to be in the mid-60s or 15℃), NOLA is certainly still a welcome respite from anywhere snowy. Also, the holiday season is typically the quietest time to visit New Orleans before Mardi Gras arrives.

However, the cooler weather doesn’t mean there’s less life in the city. In true New Orleans style, there’s always a party and something to celebrate! On Christmas Eve, the streets are lined with burning bonfires. Then, at the end of January, visitors can celebrate the Vietnamese New Year.

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Maui, Hawaii

A trip to Hawaii may be a small trip, but the mild tropical weather that awaits you makes the trip worthwhile. Oahu’s closest neighbor, Maui, offers beaches and relaxation by the dozen. And although temperatures are cool throughout Maui’s winter, “cool” actually means only 80℉ (26℃) instead of 87℉ (30℉), making it an ideal destination for soaking up some winter sun in the US.

Make an unforgettable connection with nature and experience the best that Hawaii has to offer when you travel with Trafalgar on the Best of Hawaii tour.

Charleston, South Carolina

For those looking to visit places of history and heritage in the United States, Charleston is the place to be. The entire state of South Carolina is rich in history and heritage. However, if you’re looking for adventures beyond the museums, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach are also beautiful areas to make the most of the US winter sun.

Boca Chica, Texas

North of the Mexican border lies the dreamy coastal town of Boca Chica, Texas. Here, you’ll feel like you’ve completely escaped the US winter. In winter, the average temperature is around the 70s (20℃) and often reaches temperatures in the 80s (25℃).

Due to a lack of infrastructure and a rustic city vibe, Boca Chica is often overlooked as a vacation destination. If you prefer a quieter stay, however, you’ve come to the right place, with extensive beaches perfect for swimming and beachside camping.

Pensacola, Fla

Each year, during baseball’s off-season, teams tend to reside and train in either Arizona or Florida. If you look at the charts of average winter temperatures, it’s easy to see why. Known for having the warmest winter weather on the mainland US, it’s no surprise that much of Florida is a popular US travel destination.

One of our favorite Deep South ocean destinations is Pensacola. Home to Pensacola Beach, which sits on Santa Rosa Island’s barrier sandbar.

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San Diego, California

One of the best places to spend the winter in the US is California’s southernmost city, San Diego. Known for its excellent year-round weather, winter travelers can expect to sunbathe in temperatures that rarely drop below 70℉ (20℃).

If you are looking for the winter sun in the USA, you can enjoy both urban city scenes and long stretches of beach.

Sun, sand and fun await you on the San Diego, Palm Springs and Orange County Beaches tour with Trafalgar.

Savannah, Georgia

For those seeking winter sun in the US and finding themselves in Georgia, be warned as you may never want to leave! Just offshore from Savannah, visitors can explore the many offshore islands and winding waterways. Some favorites are Tybee Island, Sapelo Island and Jekyll Island.

Planning to chase the sun and maybe experience the winter sun in the US? Let us know in the comments below! Or, for more inspiration, be sure to visit our website to discover how to explore United States with Trafalgar.

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